GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – The Foothills Animal Shelter has a new ambassador.

Louie was brought to the shelter a year ago, severely underweight. It turns out the Australian cattle dog had a rare condition that causes a bad reaction to the tartar on a dog’s teeth.

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Louie (credit: Foothills Animal Shelter)

Following several intensive dental surgeries, Louie is now back to a normal weight and making a full recovery.

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An employee of the shelter even adopted Louie.

The pup now meets with children’s groups and community members as an example of the work done every day at the animal shelter.

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LINK: Foothills Animal Shelter